Tingling and a feeling of tightness often herald an outbreak of cold sores. Most often it is a result of stress or a cold, but intense sunlight can also be the cause.
Herpes is caused by viruses. Most people become infected through droplet or smear infection before the age of 6. After that, the herpes virus remains in the nerve endings for life. In a certain part of the population, however, the virus regularly becomes active again, where the typical blisters then form.
So, wearing the mouth-nose protection can be problematic in case of skin problems and fever blisters. Even if you do not wear the mask permanently, sweating and the humid climate under the mask promote inflammation or even irritation.
In order not to stress the skin too much, certain preventive measures can be useful:
- Masks made of cotton or silk instead of synthetic fibers allow the skin to breathe better. The moisture does not remain.
- Air the mask and face at least every two hours.
- Change the mask daily and wash it regularly.
- In the case of cold sores, strict care should be taken not to spread inflammatory vesicular fluid to other areas of the face via the mask.
- If you are prone to impurities, you should only use a light care product during the day and save rich products for the evening.
Our tip: Labisan® fever blister ointment, and to prevent it from happening in the first place: Labisan® Protective, available at your pharmacy.
Sources: www.netdoktor.at • www.womenshealth.de